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August 14, 2014

POET-DSM announces grand opening for U.S. cellulosic ethanol plant

Mary Page Bailey

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM N.V. (Heerlen, The Netherlands; www.dsm.com) and POET, LLC (Sioux Falls, S.D.; www.poet.com) will open its Project Liberty facility at a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, showcasing first-of-its-kind technology that is poised to dramatically expand our world’s resources for transportation fuel.

Project Liberty will process 770 tons of corncobs, leaves, husk and some stalk daily to produce 20 million gal of cellulosic ethanol per year, later ramping up to 25 million gal per year. Plant personnel are currently running biomass through the pretreatment process and preparing for the first gallons of ethanol. Project Liberty will be the flagship plant in POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ plan to license this technology to companies across the U.S. and around the world.


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